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Offensive Player Grades: Ravens-Browns Edition

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The Baltimore Ravens offense started the game out slow against the Cleveland Browns, but managed to score 28 points in the end which is the highest score the Ravens have had this season.

Quarterback: Joe Flacco

Flacco had an up and down game as his play pretty much was the microcosm of the inconsistency the Ravens had especially in the first half when the score was 7-6 in favor of the Browns. Flacco on the day completed 30 of 41 passes for 296 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Flacco committed two very bad interceptions in Browns territory but eventually was able to make it up down the stretch with three touchdown passes in the second half which is the most touchdown passes he has thrown in a game this season. Flacco’s Grade: C

Running Backs

Terrance West had 21 carries for 65 yards and one reception for 12 yards. Not a great night on paper, but he moved the chains more than the box score would indicate.

West’s Grade: B-

Kenneth Dixon had the best game of his rookie career by showing off his speed in open space and strength between the tackles as he had six carries for 38 yards and five receptions for 42 yards. He spell’s West nicely in the backfield and expect him to get better from here.

Dixon’s Grade: B

Notables: Kyle Juszczyk had two receptions for four yards which doesn’t include a touchdown reception on a two point conversion. He also had one carry for three yards that resulted in a first down.

Wide Receivers

Ravens second year wide receiver Breshad Perriman led the way for the Ravens with 64 receiving yards and earned his first career touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. He showed off his speed in the second half by turning a crossing route into a 27 yard gain in the third quarter. Perriman’s grade: B-

Steve Smith Sr., in his 16th season in the NFL still has a lot left in the tank as he was efficient all not creating space for himself even if Flacco didn’t see him. Smith recorded his second touchdown reception of the season to go along with five receptions for 60 yards. Smith Sr.’s Grade: B

Mike Wallace continues to have a productive season with the Ravens. Wallace was quiet in the first half but in the end hauled in four receptions for 59 yards and showed a second gear with his well known speed in the second half. Wallace’s Grade: B-

Tight Ends

Dennis Pitta didn’t have a good night. Despite the fact that he had six receptions, they were only for 26 yards which means he didn’t create yards after the catch at all. In run blocking as well as pass protection, Pitta left a lot to be desired.

In the first quarter, he missed a blitz that got Flacco sacked which took the Ravens out of field goal range. He also struggled at times finishing off his block in the running game. Pitta’s Grade: D+

Darren Waller was a bit quiet other than his 10 yard touchdown reception to help give the Ravens the lead early in the third quarter. He had two receptions for 14 yards on the night and also played well as a gunner on special teams by helping pin the Browns offense deep in its own 10 yard line. Waller’s Grade: C

Offensive line

Left tackle Ronnie Stanley had a nice rebound game against the Browns compared to his struggles against the Pittsburgh Steelers just four days earlier. He finished his blocks in run blocking as well as pass protection. He didn’t have a single penalty on the night. Stanley’s Grade: A

Left guard Alex Lewis had a bit of an average night but he looked like he was starting to get into the flow of things early on in the third quarter before he suffered an ankle injury that caused him to miss the rest of the game. Lewis’ Grade: C

Center Jeremy Zuttah showed a lot of resiliency in today’s game as he dealt with a back injury and suffered an ankle injury later on in the game and he managed to finish the game off on a solid note. Zuttah has struggled this season but he showed a lot of heart in this game against the Browns: Zuttah’s Grade: B

Right guard Vladimir Ducasse subbed in well for a backup for Pro Bowler Marshal Yanda who is dealing with a shoulder injury. There was a noticeable difference especially in the running game with him in the lineup compared to other offensive linemen who subbed in for Yanda this season. Despite one holding penalty that he received in the fourth quarter, it was a solid night for Ducasse. Ducasse’s Grade: C+

Right tackle Rick Wagner did a nice job in pass protection and helped create some runs with Ducasse on the right side of the offensive line. Nothing flashy, but efficient. Wagner’s Grade: B-